The Head Start Innovation Fund is an $11 million effort, launched in 2013, aimed at improving the quality of Head Start services and outcomes for children and their families in Detroit and the tri-county region of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Collectively, this geographic area serves over 6,000 children through Head Start and Early Head Start. The Innovation Fund is supported by a group of 10 regional and national foundations.
The Innovation Fund awards competitive grants to Head Start providers, as well as strategic support for system-wide needs, such as oversight of a monthly Learning Network, creation and administration of a common enrollment campaign, comprehensive data collection, and provision of collaborative access to shared resources, such as quality training.
The Innovation Fund leverages and supports a $48 million, 5-year federal investment in Head Start programs in Detroit following a rebidding process in 2013, as well a similar recompetition effort that occurred in the outlying counties in 2016. The supporters of the Innovation Fund, saw that these rebidding competitions were a moment of key change in the system locally, and want to be supportive of both new providers and existing providers as they transition to a new model of Head Start that provides more full day options for parents as well as more slots for younger children.
Innovation Fund supporters include:
Collectively, the foundations contributing to the Innovation Fund invested more than $54 million in early childhood locally between 2012-15, including the initial investment into the Head Start Innovation Fund’s of $5 million.
Innovation Fund grantees have built capacity and created innovative practices across the system in Detroit since the Innovation Fund began making grants in 2014.
There have been three rounds of grants from the Innovation Fund so far. You can read about those awards at these links:
Grant highlights include:
Highlights of larger, system-wide activities of the Innovation Fund include:
Anne LinehanOffice of Head Start
"Community support is essential to the success of the Head Start program. What the Collaborative is doing in Detroit provides a model for how the philanthropic community can work to support high-quality Head Start services in communities across the country."
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